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Restoring our heritage

  • Written by Dulce Reyes
  • Published in Opinion
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Women talk

As a historian, I agree with the advocates for historical preservation that we must do everything we can to preserve what can be saved as far as historical structures are concerned. Fortunately there are private owners of these buildings who do everything, budget permitting, to restore and preserve the structures.

How I wish there are more of these homeowners. One of the sites that need restoration is the Banaue Rice Terraces. It is one of the wonders of the world and a favorite tourist site by foreigners and locals alike.

I came across a booklet regarding the Banaue Rice Terraces restoration project and if this pushes through, it will be good for the rice terraces. Quoting from their booklet, the Banaue Rice Terraces is “a legacy from our fore-parents which was built two thousand years ago as per archaeological study.

The construction of the rice terraces was motivated by a unified vision of our forefathers to establish a sustainable farmland as a source of food during that era and for food security to the coming generation.”

And what a legacy the rice terraces are. But have we taken care of it? Is it being cared for by the sons of those who labored hard to maintain it? Or have they gone to the cities and left their heritage for less greener so to speak, pastures.
   
These current generation do not seem to appreciate the majesty of our UNESCO  accredited historic site.
   
What a gift and privilege we have. Even if you compare the terraces with others in the world, ours stand out because of the majesty of the terraces.  The rice terraces, says the booklet, was the source of food of the Ifugaos for generations for their survival.
   
And survive they did. But with new technologies coming in, how are our terraces doing?  Think about it.